Guide to HIV/AIDS NGOs in South Africa

Monday, 27 March, 2006 - 11:08

HIV/AIDS is a major concern for developing countries worldwide. Lack of education, poor nutrition and inadequate health care, linked with extreme poverty, make people in the poor

World Health Day: Focus on HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS is a major concern for developing countries worldwide. Lack of education, poor nutrition and inadequate health care, linked with extreme poverty, make people in the poorest countries most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.

Like most developing countries, this disease is a major concern for South Africa because it is a deterrent for development. HIV/AIDS increases poverty and reverses human development. The Global Health Facts data indicate that 21.5% of South Africa’s 5,300,000 adults are living with HIV/AIDS. This high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in our most productive age group poses a major challenge for both government and civil society.

The HIV/AIDS pandemic is growing rapidly every year, resulting in NGOs working across a wide range of issues continuously having to contend with an ever-increasing number of people in need of their assistance.

HIV/AIDS development NGOs have been very influential in developing strategies to curtail the spread of HIV/AIDS and help people affected by the virus. These NGOs have had a tremendous impact on the lives of many South Africans. Development NGOs, in particular, have ensured that HIV/AIDS is an integral part of their programmatic focus, with the view that knowledge of HIV/AIDS is the first step towards prevention. Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS is essential for sustainable development.

Common Programme Areas for HIV/AIDS NGOs

  • Training and education
  • Raising awareness about HIV/AIDS
  • Prevention of HIV infection
  • Treatment and care support programmes
  • Empowerment of people affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Support for AIDS orphans

HIV/AIDS Development NGOs

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